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Last week, we had a very important visitor who joined us for Sunday lunch. It was none other than the Mhinisteir’s big boss!

It is always a delight when the big boss comes to our humble abode but I was nervous because even though I consider myself a competent cook, I was out of practice. For health reasons (mine), we rarely entertain people at the vicarage. Gone are the days when we would have two dining tables full of people most Sundays for lunch. These days on the rare occasions when we do entertain, the guests number is kept to a maximum of two.

I knew months in advance that the big boss was coming to the vicarage for Sunday lunch so that gave me plenty of time to prepare for his visit. I had planned the menu and kept it simple. The dishes that I had chosen also meant that I could prepare in advance which was just as well because I was not having a good week prior to the big boss’s visit.

On that Sunday, we went to church as usual but it was the big boss who presided and preached at the service. After that we headed home for our lunch. I served some canapes with Pimms while my “Hogmanay” chicken was cooking away in the oven. Just that it wasnt “cooking away” as I had forgotten to turn on the oven! Thankfully I discovered it before it was too late. Big boss had to leave quite sharpish for another engagement so I was super relieved when the chicken was finally cooked. In case you are interested, Hogmanay chicken is chicken supreme stuffed with prunes, onions, garlic, ground almond and wrapped in bacon something that I used to serve on Hogmanay when we lived in Scotland.

For pudding, I had prepared chocolate fudge cake and fruit salad, both with either cream or ice cream, Big boss went for the fruit salad with cream. He was quite impressed with my melon balls! I had also made real Scottish shortbread to go with coffee/tea.

According to the Mhinisteir, Sunday lunch was a resounding success as the big boss went away happy. Phew! I am still recovering from it but I am chuffed that I haven’t lost my hosting skills.

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From the Vicarage Kitchen – Ice cold Pimm’s

We don’t usually have any alcohol at home except for a bottle of cooking wine in the fridge and a bottle of Scotch Whisky for hot toddy which serves as a perfect antidote to a cold.

Just last week, The Mhinisteir was telling me about a cocktail drink called Pimm’s which he had enjoyed very much a good few years back.   I have heard of Pimm’s and have seen people sipping it during Wimbledon but didn’t know it was a cocktail!

Since it has been very hot this week, I decided at the last minute to add a bottle of Pimm’s to my online shopping basket.  My Pimm’s bottle arrived the very next day and this is how I made my Pimms cocktail.

Pimm‘s (Serves 1)

1 Part Pimm’s

3 Parts Lemonade

A couple of strawberries

A couple of slices of cucumber

A few slices of orange

A small bunch of fresh mint

Lots of ice Cubes


1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, strawberries, cucumber slices, orange slices and fresh mint.  Lightly crush the mint in your palms to release the oil.

2. Pour into the glass one part of Pimm’s to three parts of lemonade.

3. Stir and enjoy!

You can also make this in a jug.  If doing so, remember to increase the quantity of the strawberries, cucumbers, orange slices and mint leaves.

ps: The Mhinisteir gave a very big 👍